Posted On: Nov 30, 2016

Amazon EC2 C5 instances are the most powerful Compute Optimized instances and the best price to compute performance in EC2. C5 is the first AWS cloud instance based on Intel’s next-generation Skylake Xeon® processors. They are ideal for compute-intensive workloads like ad serving, scientific modeling, 3D rendering, cluster computing, machine learning inference, and distributed analytics.

Coming in early 2017, C5 instances are powered by a new custom version CPU based on the next generation of Intel® Xeon® Processor family (code-named “Skylake”) that feature a new microarchitecture and offer up to 72 vCPUs along with up to 144 GiB of memory. With support for new Intel AVX 512 advanced instruction, customers can more efficiently run vector processing workloads with single and double floating point precision, such as machine learning inference or video processing.

C5 instances use our next-generation Elastic Network Adapter (ENA), which has been optimized to deliver high packet per second (PPS) performance, low inter-instance latencies, and very low network jitter. C5 instances also feature new AWS hardware acceleration that delivers three times the Amazon EBS bandwidth of C4 instances, for workloads that require high amounts of IOPs. Overall, C5 instances are ideal for batch processing, distributed analytics, high performance science and engineering applications, ad serving, massively multiplayer online (MMO) gaming, and video encoding.